User comments for Elam (Meaning / History Only)

My little brother is named Elam for a place mentioned in the Old Testament. However, we pronounce his name with a long E and "LUM."
yuri  11/3/2007
Elam was also the name of an ancient Near Eastern civilization, which laid to the east of Sumer and Akkad. The language spoken in Elam was Elamite, which is generally considered to be a language isolate, meaning that it is not etymologically related to any other known language. The Elamites themselves called their country Haltamti, which was rendered to Elam in Hebrew by the Hebrews.

As such, while Elam as a personal name may originate from a purely Hebrew source etymologically, we have to take into account the possibility that Elam (as a personal name) was originally used in reference to the country... in which case it is the Hebraized form of what is ultimately an Elamite word. [noted -ed]
Lucille  1/2/2013
Elam can mean hidden, eternity, young man, or always/forever. [noted -ed]
amimama  6/30/2014

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